What blows my mind is that Western Persians adamantly deny that this is the situation in Iran. You can go watch public forums where Persians announce Weaterners are lying about the condition of women in Iran, despite the mountains of evidence indicating otherwise.
I actually seethe when I read something like this. After a few minutes, when I have calmed down, and my brain starts operating properly again I begin to appreciate how fortunate I am. I am a white, middle-class woman, living in a democratic country. I can practice any religion I wish or not. I have the franchise to vote. I am free to travel anywhere I wish, without asking permission from a male guardian, and I can drive myself when I decide to do so. There are no dictats about what I can and cannot wear. I am free to marry anyone I wish without coercion. I won't be stoned to death or thrown in jail for a misdemeanour. I just wish I could do something to improve the lives of my fellow sisters who are condemned by accident of birth to a life of subordination and cruelty. I feel completely impotent!
I don't live in Iran... here people get shot for being dark skinned... judged and verdict exercised by a government employer... sorry if not in my priorities now, may never be since is on the other side of the world and capitalism dictates soverany of nations. Don't bring religion into it... I don't believe in god.